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Driving Miss Daisy

New Mexico Actors Lab Announces its First Season

Three Award-Winning Plays in Summer of 2016 at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe

Artistic Director Robert Benedetti announced today that the newly formed non-profit theater group, New Mexico Actors Lab, will offer its first season of three award-winning plays at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe next summer. The plays are:

  • PROOF by David Auburn. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award.  May 26 to June 12.
  • DRIVING MISS DAISY by Alfred Uhry. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.  June 23 to July 10.
  • ART by Yasmina Reza. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play.  July 21 to August 7. 

The New Mexico Actors Lab is dedicated to creating consistently high-quality productions of prize-winning plays

that feature issues of social justice and artistic and intellectual freedom. Our focus will be on the work of the actor, and we are committed to the artistic development and livelihood of a core ensemble of the best actors available in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. We pledge that actor salaries will always be the single largest item in our production budgets.

Comprised of outstanding Santa Fe actors assembled by Artistic Director Robert Benedetti, the company for this first season will be (in alphabetical order) Nicholas Ballas, Barbara Hatch, Tone Forest, Suzanne Lederer, Geoffrey Pomeroy, Jonathan Richards, and Tallis Rose.

The company was formed last year for its highly successful production of SYLVIA by A. R. Gurney, a co-production with the Santa Fe Playhouse. As an independent non-profit theater, the New Mexico Actors Lab now plans to offer this premiere season of three plays sold as both individual shows with ticket prices of $20 ($18 for seniors and students) and as a season ticket of three plays for $50.

Artistic Director Robert Benedetti is a distinguished teacher of acting and directing, and three-time Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film producer. He was an early member of Chicago’s Second City Theatre, Head of the Acting Program at the Yale Drama School, and Dean of Theatre at The California Institute of the Arts. He was Company Director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and has directed at many regional theatres, including the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre and the Oregon, Colorado, and Great Lakes Shakespeare festivals. As President of Ted

Danson’s Anasazi Productions at Paramount Studios, he won three Emmys, two Humanitas Prizes, and a Peabody Award for producing Miss Evers’ Boys and A Lesson Before Dying for HBO. He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center. 

Teatro Paraguas is at 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe’s Siler Road Arts District.